Emergency Planning and Preparedness

Emergency Action Plan (EAP)



Non-emergency petroleum spills, such as small oil drips in a parking lot or leaks into secondary containment devices around a fuel oil tank, may generally be resolved by calling Buildings and Grounds at ext. 3060 or Campus Safety at ext. 3333 or (315) 781-3333.


While petroleum spills may be just as hazardous to individuals and/or the environment as other chemical spills, additional considerations must be taken into account. An emergency spillage of a petroleum product (oil, gasoline, fuel oil, etc.) exists in the following situations:

  • There is an immediate threat of fire or explosion (based upon the type/quantity of spilled materials and location to nearby equipment/processes).
  • There is an uncontrolled release of petroleum product to the environment (like a storm water drain).


  • All emergency petroleum spills should be reported to Campus Safety (ext. 3333 or (315) 781-3333).
  • When reporting, be specific about the nature of the involved material and exact location. Campus Safety will contact the Geneva Fire Department and medical personnel (as necessary).
  • The individual discovering the spill should vacate the affected area at once. If possible, wait at a safe distance for the arrival of Campus Safety personnel.
  • Anyone who may be contaminated by the spill is to avoid contact with others as much as possible. If available, immediately utilize an emergency eye wash station and/or emergency shower. Remain in the vicinity and await the arrival of Campus Safety and medical personnel.
  • If the spill threatens other building occupants, (fire conditions, toxic/acrid vapors or fumes), activate the building’s fire alarm to signal an evacuation.
  • Evacuation. During building evacuations, assist special needs individuals in exiting the building and proceed to the building’s evacuation meeting point. This location is listed on the evacuation floor plans posted near each building exit.
    • Remember that elevators are reserved for handicapped and special needs persons during evacuations.
    • Remain calm and do not panic.
    • If the emergency is impacting your building’s evacuation meeting point, or if you are instructed to do so by college authorities or first responders, proceed to the alternate primary or secondary assembly area and await further directions from officials.

Note: The exact locations of the alternate or secondary sites may differ based upon the nature of the emergency. You will be instructed where these are located by officials during the evacuation process.

IMPORTANT—DO NOT RETURN TO AN EVACUATED BUILDING until and unless told to do so by authorized HWS officials.

Do not hesitate to contact Campus Safety if you need assistance.

  • Emergency assistance (on campus dial ext. 3333, cell phone on campus dial (315) 781-3333, off campus dial 911).
  • For non-emergency assistance dial (315) 781-3000.

Emergency Resources

Do not hesitate to contact Campus Safety if you need assistance.

  • Emergency assistance (on campus dial ext. 3333, cell phone on campus dial (315) 781-3333, off campus dial 911).
  • For non-emergency assistance dial (315) 781-3000.

Bleeding Control Kits Locations

Assembly Points for Building Evacuations

Emergency Management Team

The HWS Emergency Management Team is directed by leadership from the Office of Campus Safety and the Office of Campus Life in coordination with core groups from across campus, including information technology, operations, facilities and communications. The team also includes an incident response group and a policy group. The team regularly participates in trainings and drills.

Emergency Action Button


In the event it becomes necessary to notify the HWS community of an imminent emergency on campus, notification will be sent using the Everbridge Mass Notification System. Brief and immediate instructions will be given through the Everbridge system when we use it. All other non-imminent communication will be disseminated through the HWS e-mail system and via the Colleges' Twitter account.

To ensure that Everbridge has the correct contact information for emergency notification, faculty, staff and students are encouraged to update their PeopleSoft accounts.


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